as an owner of an DMC FZ 200...

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Geka
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as an owner of an DMC FZ 200...
Dec 12, 2012

would you recommend this camera to your best friend ?

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Re: as an owner of an DMC FZ 200...
In reply to Geka, Dec 12, 2012

Yes, without hesitation. As part of my recommendation, if he/she was a DSLR user, I would explain the difference between small sensor bridge cameras and DSLRs; I would explain the FZ200's strengths and limitations, and I would show him/her some of the excellent photo galleries on Flickr and other places of some of the members of this forum.

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I have recommended it...with caveats.  You always need to get a feeling for the kind of shooting they do to help determine what will work best for them.  The FZ200 isn't exactly the first choice in an indoor party camera, for example.

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Daniel Lauring wrote:

I have recommended it...with caveats. You always need to get a feeling for the kind of shooting they do to help determine what will work best for them. The FZ200 isn't exactly the first choice in an indoor party camera, for example.

Agreed 100%.  Most of my friends are going to be shooting there children, which will most likely be indoors.  So therefore, probably not the camera for them.

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In reply to Geka, Dec 12, 2012

It would depend on the friend and their need, of course.  But somewhere over 90% of my photography-inclined friends would be very well served by either the LX7 or the FZ200.

Recently I worked on a remote video shoot where the cameraman, someone whose work you've seen if you ever watch National Geographic videos, took an earnest and extended interest in the FZ200 which I brought along.  He instantly understood its inherent limitations but he focused on its potential, remarking positively on its capabilities and the successful shots it got in some really difficult shooting situations.  Contrary to what you might think, pros at this level are generally taciturn about gear, especially in the field, unless they're working out how to do something to get a shot. After all, we had redundant sets of the newest shiniest and most expensive video gear on the market worth as much as my fairly nice house,  so I took his keen interest as a genuine endorsement.

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Wow that is awesome! Not the first high-level pro exultation I've seen either... (NT)
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In reply to Geka, Dec 12, 2012

Well, it would depend on the friend.  If they are used to DLSR results, I'd warn them about the smaller sensor, but also point out that the camera is much easier to carry around and much cheaper in the long run than a system camera.  In many cases, DLSR users are more photography savvy anyway, so I'd expect them to be satisfied with the camera.

Turn around to the average person who has been using a camera the size of a pack of cigarettes and who hasn't even tried to figure out the settings on THAT camera.  For them, I'd say forget it.  This camera takes someone willing to take the time with it.  If they are never going to open a manual, check out the 1001 combinations of settings, etc., they will more than likely be overwhelmed.  In addition, many times these same users expect the camera to do ALL their work and not look at the scene with the eyes of a photographer and understand what is needed out of the camera before hitting that button.  This camera does a LOT to handle that in the IA modes, but cannot properly handle everything that is thrown its way.  I think that kind of user would be happiest with the thing that they've been using or something not too much different.  Heck, I saw a review of someone who had a similar zoom to this and didn't like the different menus on this from what they had.....

I have a TON of friends in that category.

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Thanks All for your explanations, advices and points of view !

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So which one for that indoor use?

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In reply to Geka, Mar 28, 2013

Geka wrote:

would you recommend this camera to your best friend ?

I guess that all depends what they plan to use it for, whether you think they'll actually use the FZ200 for its potential or whether they want something "that takes nice pictures and fits in my purse" sort of expectations. Maybe order from a reputable seller with a return policy in case your friend and the camera aren't a fit. Perhaps a copy of a review of this camera might be a nice touch to go with it?

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To be honest, I'm not completely sure why I've got one . .
In reply to Geka, Mar 28, 2013

Geka wrote:

would you recommend this camera to your best friend ?

Only if he's a keen photographer or, at the other end of the spectrum, is blind to imperfections.

For SOOC JPEGs, it is unforgiving and demands patient attention to settings and, especially, to correct exposure, where the range of good exposure is less than +/- 0.33 EV.

Therefore a lot of knowledgeable people only shoot low-settings, slightly under-exposed "RAW JPEGs" and PP them all.

Other knowledgeable people only shoot RAW, put up with the enormous file sizes and hassle and tell the rest of us that this is the only sensible way to go.

Why do I have one?  I'm not quite sure, but I guess it's mainly because, if I want this lens, I have nowhere else to go.

But do I want the lens because it's cool, and one-up-on-others, or because I really need it?

But I am seriously wondering whether to sell it while it still has value, i.e. before Panny or Fuji or someone else puts a more forgiving suite of goodies behind a constant f2.8 lens.

I understand why extreme birders and extreme safari buffs get far more than I do out of the FZ200 . . . it works best when zoomed in on an interesting animal or bird or art-form where the long zoom/f2.8 is key.  I don't point it at more general subjects or landscapes with the same feeling of expectant confidence.

Mike

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Re: as an owner of an DMC FZ 200...
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yorbo wrote:

So which one for that indoor use?

For indoor use, I'm very happy with the Canon G15 if the cost doesn't deter you. Panny's LX7 should do about as well indoors as the G15.

Steve

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